Nov. 14, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST
by D o o d
big hit for Darabont. I'm really looking forward to seeing this as I have just been to see 30 Days of Night, which is probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST
I love Thomas Jane.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST
Apparently, 30 Days of Night and Saw IV had the studio executives acting like complete chickenshits. Halloween in August, Stephen King's The Mist in November. It may work in its favor though..being released right before Thanksgiving.
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST
Can't wait to check this one out. Thanks, Harry!
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST
I mean its old fashioned horror that is supposed to be scary and suspenseful. How novel in this day and age. The CG creatures turned me off but I think good directing and acting is gonna cover that quite nicely.
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:25 a.m. CST
In blackest day, in brightest night.
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST
Great book and it sounds like that it might very well get justice on film.
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST
What's your favorite King adaptation for film from his horror stories?
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:03 a.m. CST
Well - THE SHINING is hands down my favorite adaptation of anything of King's. And yes, I love the novel as a separate and totally different thing. <BR><BR>I'm also a very big lover of CARRIE, THE DEAD ZONE, THE MIST, PET SEMATARY, CUJO, APT PUPIL and SILVER BULLET.
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST
by Boondock Devil
I'll always think of it as the movie where that little bastard child murdered Herman Munster.
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST
were always way better than his bigger books. Great Stephen another story about a tormented author...great.
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST
it's because THE MIST is a complete departure - not just from everything that Darabont has done as a filmmaker that most critics are aware of... but because, sadly, they're expecting a Darabont/King film... and flying monsters, giant monsters, slimey monsters and a B-movie plot... just isn't what those critics are mostly prepared to digest. <BR><BR>However, those of us that are Stephen King fans, that do know the material - and that love the source material that not only Darabont was drawing on for his changes, but that King was drawing upon for his inspiration to write the story in the first place... well... it is 100% kickass. The Q&A lasted about an hour - and the audience was thoroughly into it... with Darabont hanging out in front of the theater talking to King fans well into the night. <BR><BR>And - in my opinion the ending is one of the GREAT horror film endings - leaving you with ALOT to talk about. All of which, I'll talk about - after the film is in general release. The hard part about writing the review has nothing about hiding my feelings - I fucking love the film. The hard part is how to talk about the film without talking about the ending. WHICH YOU SHOULD ATTEMPT TO AVOID SPOILERS OF AT ALL COSTS. But it's one of those endings where you can joke about it, to diffuse the tension. Reflect upon it, in regards to a prophetic statement by a main character. And then just discuss if you could have done it, when you would have done it ad how you would have done it. AND you could call bullshit and storm out pissed, but then you're just missing out on the ballsiest, most non-studio, fuck you ending I've seen in ages.
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST
It was well written (for the most part,) it had a start, a middle, and an ending. It got his point across without too many cringe worthy moments, (...after sex, and good food...ack, the visuals!) It provided a real review with points and context and comparisons that would bring someone to the screen. Harry provided a compelling review convincing me to put aside my dislike of horror movies and go see this. Thanks Harry! ~ÐL
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST
I´m a fan of King’s an i love classic horror and monster films .
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST
I bet it's just Patton Oswalt in disguise.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST
though I really hope the political undertones aren't too prevalent as Harry seems to hint at. Maybe it's just me but I'm getting tired of Hollywood trying to convince me that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST
wasn't sure what to think when i heard this was being made into a movie. so many of the king works dont work when translated to script form. but this story is king in all his glory and sounds like it successfully made the jump to script.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST
Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were my favorite of all his books. Pure Horror condensed to 10-20 pages. Except for the Mist of course, which by being the longest helped also to create its epic scope and pure story.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST
I hope this movie does well enough for The Long Walk to get greenlit.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST
about these characters. The acting is great and it is one of the scariest creature features I've seen since Jurassic Park (and actually I liked the Jurassic Park book better than the movie). I cannot wait to see this movie again. Thanks, Harry for bringing such a fun event to the Alamo...it was awesome. I think/hope this movie makes it big...there's a lot to love about it.
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST
Stephen Chow + James Marsters + big budget = live action DragonBall. http://tinyurl.com/24vbmj
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST
I am definitely going to check this out. I just finished the Dark Tower series for the first time so I'm in the King mood.
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
Fuck you Harry!
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST
i've not once enjoyed a steven king movie. they're always too campy, and the effects are usually awful... but this sounds good so far. We'll see, Harry... we'll see.
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Bill Brasky
"…when we started planning invasions and supporting them blindly?" Harry, you mindless liberal patsy, I guess the invasion of Afghanistan was supported blindly huh? After all, who needs any justification to attack the nation that harbored the scum that killed 3000 Americans in one day? Hey! Let’s try to turn this into a political scrum, shall we???
Nov. 14, 2007, 8 a.m. CST
Thanks for the great review Harry. Stephen King has been my favorite writer since I was in 3rd grade and picked up a tattered copy of Cujo at a funky little yard sale on a Saturday morning. I’ll never forget the experience of reading my first SK book and then yearning for more. It became an adventure to find every book of his I could, usually spending what little money I had saved up (which for a 3rd grader is a feet of gigantic magnitude). One of the next books I found was Skeleton Crew. I was still in elementary school, but from the time I was born I was fascinated with monsters, ghosts, zombies, ect. I collected reprints of old EC comics and loved every pun-slinging minute of them. I watched every Godzilla movie I could get my hands on, and by kindergarden, I was already writing my own horror novels, mostly people getting killed by weird triangle shapes (I never said I was a good artist). So when I saw a book with a cover of a monkey with glowing green eyes ready to clash so cymbals together, my warped little mind said “BUY THIS NOW”. So I forked over my $1.50 and giddly got in the car, anxious to get home and devour this thing. So, it was there in my room, as a 3rd grade boy who loved monsters, that I was brought face to face with the horror’s in the mist. I loved every second of it and it struck such fear in my heart as I put myself in the situation. When I finished it, I went back and read it again. I soon found the 3D book on tape and that frightened me even more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to that thing. The part with the air raid siren and then the earthquake, and the buzzing of the wings of the bugs. Just wonderful! I am now 24 years old and I’ve been waiting since 3rd grade to see this movie. My heart is filled with such joy just to be able to see what I’ve played in my head for all these years. I’ve talked to people who haven’t ever heard of it and they don’t seem to get. And I don’t care. I know Frank does, and I know that no matter what, I will treasure this movie, because it’s been such a part of my life for so many years. Thanks go to Stephen for always scaring me and thanks to Frank for believing in a project that most people wont understand. I can’t wait.
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST
I live in Austin, but of all nights I had to work into the late evening the night of the premier and couldn't attend it at the Alamo. Damn. And you're right about critics probably not getting this film, which is unfortunate considering a movie like this shouldn't be graded with the same criteria as the Green Mile. Harry keep throwing these great events, they're always a highlight in Austin.
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST
by Mister Man
I saw this coming, when I attended my first (and last) AICN "screening." With the connections this site has had to the filming itself, and the director, what else could have been printed here? The general public's response should be interesting..several screenings have been negative, a few positive. I think the rare absence of extreme gore will please some, while the lack of finesse with put off others. But, a big opening weekend, none-the-less.
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST
See if Darabont will go for a REAL adaptation of that story.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9 a.m. CST
by Fish Tank
How about Pet Cemetary? The book was awesome - open ended. Did the wife come back like normal? Was she f'ed up? Just hearing her speak as the door opens and then the story ends was incredible, and so perfect. The movie screwed that up, and spoon fed you an answer. People are smarter than that.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
...altho I did break with my usual and read the spoilers about the ending. Not sure I'm gonna like it but will have to wait and see. As mentioned above...we need Darabont to make 'The Long Walk'....easily one of the best King novellas.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST
Don't make me come over to your house and make you watch Fareinheit 9/11. Your such a cunt.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
The bugs are Bill Brasky's brain cells.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
Please, please don't turn this TB into a lib v. con rant! Yes, Harry is liberal. Yes, Hollywood is the land of fantasy were limosine libs flourish. If you can't get over it, tune the fuck out. (I say this as a conservative.) For me, I love this site, most of the TBs, and the heads-up from the Head Geek. Sure I poke fun from time to time, but to see you guys go off on Harry's review or actually act like Farenheit 9/11 was more than it was, well, it gets a little tiresome. Oh, and watch your fucking mouths.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST
sounds like you make lots of cool shit go down...excellent review, btw.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...this movie looks FUCKING stupid.
Nov. 14, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST
I saw this at the ALAMO premiere while munchng on seaweed salad and a great pasta laced with Calamari & Octopus in squid ink, all the while sipping on some far-eastern drink full of fish- egg-like pearls... crazzzzzzzzy, but perfect. This film is from my favorite genre... "the last stand" flick. Fearful, no-hope movies like the "Last Command", "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Last Man On Earth. Annnd this one is a classic right up there with John Ford's great "LOST PATROL" starring Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff. In fact it is on a level with my two faves of the genre; "Night of the Living Dead" and the Robert Taylor 1943 thriller "BATAAN"... not Wayne's "Back to Bataan", but the definitive "no hope" flick of men trapped in a jungle mist surrounded by 10's of thousands of Japanese sniping and chopping them to pieces in the white laced darkness. It's about a hodge-podge group of average joes thrown together by life, annnd death to desperately try to hold off certain death at the hands of unseen forces. It features a young, boyish Robert Walker in his screen debut, an aged tired Thomas Mitchell, future real life California senator George Murphy, cowardly criminal Lloyd Nolan, hero Robert Taylor, and the fantastic Desi Arnaz ( yes, that one) as Ramirez "that crazy jitterbugging kid shaking himself to death". among others. They disappear into the night, reappear hacked to pieces, are struckdown out of nowhere, are terrifed, and fight from their own graves. Arnaz even performs a "Mea Culpa" Cuban prayer. No happy ending here! If you've never seen it, do! Anyway thru-out the "MIST" I was reminded of "BATAAN", the iconic Last Stand Thriller... Frank can be proud! Very proud.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST
It’s not the greatest movie ever made or anything, but it’s so touching, it evokes the spirit of the book, it’s uplifting and devesating all at the same time. The whole characterization between Delecroix and Mr. Jingles was wonderful. I mean to feel the heartbreak of when Percy stomps on him and then they joy and wonder that happens when Coffey brings him back all in the same scene was amazing. I left the theater in tears (I don’t care what you think about that) because it was beautiful. Never felt like 3 hours and it never felt like forced emotion to me. Just a beautiful story that captured so much. The scene where Paul take John to go see the movie, “Heaven, I’m in Heaven”, and the light on his face as he says “They’s angels” I mean come on! That was wonderful.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST
Good review - Harry... mostly.<P>King f*cked with my childhood head with stuff like Salems Lot and the Kid scratching at the window! Cujo and Christine and the shining I prefer to the non horror stuff like Shawshank, greenmile and Stand by me which i prefer as stories. Sometimes it scares more in your head and doesn't always translate that well to the screen - Langoliers, Dreamcatcher turds!? and Maximum Overdrive were sheeeiiite!<P>The Mist looks like a propper good horror though, like From Beyond, The Thing, or Night of the Living Dead well paced with a solid plot and good cast of characters instead of just random CG FX and nothing else.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST
Harry....really? REALLY! The Running Man is not your favorite King Adaptation??? Does it not count because its Bachman?? I mean I am pretty sure that movie has toped AFI's best movie at least twice. No all kidding aside, I love the running man. I need to know that people enjoy this movie as much as they should.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST
be nice to have a review that wasnt payed for
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST
the fat opera guy in the light bright suit always cracked me up.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST
I thought it was one of the rare times when the ending was BETTER than the book.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
is the Lawnmower Man. Thank God he sued them over that crap
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST
what did you think of the "ITM"?
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST
I like the idea of sitting in a larger crowd watching a smaller crowd mimic mass hysteria and telling yourself (hoping) it probably wouldn't be like that but knowing that it would go down exactly like that. <p>Very clever, Harry.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST
Dolores Claiborn. Sure there were no monsters or zombies or vampires or ghosts, but it was still well made, and features some great performances. and still managed to generate a fair amount of tension in the films climax, the "eclipse" scene.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST
"...that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine."<p><p> Excuse me? We have a well-established history of doing exactly that going back all the way to the Salem witch trials. Tack on McCarthyism and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and the point is made - you don't even have to debate our response to 911 to do it.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST
check out the 3d audio play Harry's referring to, its a friggin masterpiece. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST
Yeah but its no where near as bad as part two, or the couple of hundred King TV movies out there. That last one with Ron Pearlman was embarassing. And Storm of Century felt like movie of a century, i know I'm cleaver kind of like TBS. The earlier Steven King TV movies where a lot beeter the the most recent. Stand, Langolears, the one with Cane in it.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST
BanAllFIRSTPosters, as much as I LOVED the Bachman/King story of The Long Walk, I don't know how good of a movie that would make. That would be a challenge for any director. The biggest bombs as far as King adapations to screen are Lawnmower Man (they should have just renamed the movie - it didnt' resemble the short story AT ALL), The Running Man (Anothe rone that should have been renamed. The story is friggin amazing and would make an amazing movie if done faithfully to the book), and even though Salem's Lot (the movie) scared the crap out of me as a kid, it doesn't age well. The book, however, rocks. Maximum Overdrive and The Langoliers both sucked too. The best King adaptations? The Green Mile (duh), Shawshank redepmtion (another duh), The Shining (although it's not very faithful to the book. The changes that were made, however, worked well in the movie), Misery, Christine, and Cujo. Pet Sematary was a decent movie, but the ending to the book was much better. Firestarter was decent. Hell, Heather Locklear in her PRIME?!? How can that possibly be a bad movie?
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST
Totally fergot about Maximum Overdrive that movie ruled.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST
by Guy Gaduois
is that Coffey's last wish in the book was to pray with Paul, not watch a movie. Having them watch a movie instead undid the innocence of the Coffey character and was terribly self indulgent from a filmmaker standpoint. It's a huge screwup because it undoes the Christ metaphor, de-mystifies the spiritual connection with Paul. Also, the book ending has Paul crying out in need for John Coffey as his wife is dying. Lot's of cool imagery there. It was a huge misstep by Darabont, very surprising in all that he did embrace in 'Shawshank'. I'll be interested to see if I approve of his variations with 'The Mist'. Because to me, all that matters is my approval. Oh, and about that God metaphor stuff from 'Green Mile', All you God hating commie pinkos can boo hoo all you want, but it seems pretty damn clear that was King's intent. So, you can censor me by not reading this post. And suck on a hot rock. Oh, and spoilers.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST
I agree that Shawshank is the better of the two films and will always be a classic, while Green Mile will shrink in the memory of the movie watching public. I just thought that it was a great movie, a great adaptation, and something that you don't see much anymore. A movie with a spirit.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST
by El Borak
this is going to be great.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST
I def. agree with you on the Desperation debacle. It was an amazing book, could have been one of the scariest movies if it was made well. They should have went for theatrical release, instead of letting Mick Garris take a big shit on it. I mean come on! The vulture soul sucking will go down as one of the shittiest effects I've ever seen. Just thinking about it makes me mad
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST
Although played tongue-in-cheek, lets not forget Slither. In fact with the small town dynamics and characters, that was a bit King-like. I saw it again this past weekend, and forgot how enjoyable it was.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST
that story scared the shit out of me. Also if the are going to remake any of King's horror stuff, I think they should do Children of the Corn over again, and do it closer to the story and with more balls than the first one
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST
by El Borak
if you can download the 3d audio book online?
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST
is with Giant headphones that completely cover your ears, late in the evening with a cresent moon on the rise, with only candles as your light
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST
by El Borak
on this site...(BR) (BRhttp://www.karcreat.com/TheMist.html
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST
by El Borak
without the br's.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST
talkbacks, but, TNT's adaptation of "Battleground" was a miracle of a small screen adaptation. How William Hurt got looked over for an Emmy nom, I'll never know.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST
Thanks for a great review Harry, here's hoping Darabont thinks next about making faithful(of the books) movie versions of "The Long Walk" or "Running Man"
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST
Is one of my favorite stories ever. However Frank was right when he was talking to Quint about it being an “art house” movie. I highly doubt any studio would want to put money behind a movie that has military personel killing kids, might hit a little too close to home for them.
Nov. 14, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST
would The Mist beat out Hostel 2 as your favorite horror film of the year..? Or what is..so far?
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST
Looking forward to this movie.
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
That's another aspect of King's books that I like is that while they all can be enjoyed as individual stories, a lot of them have bits and peices that tie into The Dark Tower stories. Sort of a Kingiverse, if you will.
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST
by El Borak
the mist is considered a thinny i think.
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST
in some ways yes. The rips between the different dimensions. There are Lobster like creatures, or lobstrosities. Nothing concrete, but i've heard of the connection before
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST
I remember several years ago Harry saying that Shawshank was a decent film but he felt all the characters were ripped off from classic Warner prison flicks.
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST
Skimn - monsters trump torture. <BR><BR>As for Massawyrm - I haven't had a conversation with him about this title, but at the screening of the new print of BLADE RUNNER - I got the distinct opinion that he and most of the Austin Critics that saw the film at the press screening hated it. That the press screening was in a "portable building" on a screen the size of mine - literally the worst place to watch a movie like this in Austin. <BR><BR>THE MIST is an audience movie, a film to get caught up with, not to look down at. Everything in the film... the hysteria of fear - was in the book. 9/11 didn't change this. Hell Frank wrote this script 10 years ago, before 9/11... the use of fear to motivate scared masses has been a 'truth' culturally for the duration of human existence. It ain't nothing new.
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST
2007 is turning into a pretty good year for horror films, with lots to choose from. My favorite, so far, is 28 WEEKS LATER, which had some shades of Stephen King to it. The scene in the darkened subway tunnel reminded me of the Lincoln Tunnel scene in King's THE STAND - absolutely terrifying. I'll definitely be seeing THE MIST, if only on the basis of the talent involved. Darabont and King - I'm definitely there!
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST
Am I the only person on this site that enjoyed that movie? I thought it was the best monster movie since The Descent. Sure they were vampires... eh but did that really matter. I thought it was a solid movie with a few good scares and proof that not all new horror directors have no sense of visual style (like Eli Roth).
Nov. 14, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST
Glad to see you liked this better than Hostel 2. Glad you didn't give us a "They are both equally excellent" bullshit
Nov. 14, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST
there is definitely a link in the movie... however, I'd never spoil it.
Nov. 14, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST
what did you think of the loading dock sequence. I've heard a lot of mixed stuff. Did it look cool?
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
I've already been excited about this movie, and now I'm going to have to seek out the original story as well to see if I can figure out where the connection is. That's another thing I like about the mythology and the subtle connections it's not always spelled out for you, the reader has to figure it out sometimes for themselves.
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST
which was your favorite DT book?
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
The first two books thus far. We've got most of the series, if not the entire series, but that's one of the boxes currently in storage back in VA right now. My wife filled me in on the subtle connections to the other books that I'd read before, like Salem's Lot and It. Though I'm considering just buying new copies to read in the meantime before we move again so I can finish the story.
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST
and I didnt even see the movie yet!
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST
Toby Jones was fucking amazing as Truman Capote in "Infamous". Rent it and see.
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST
I don't like that term at all
Nov. 14, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST
THE DESCENT fucking sucked and so did HARD CANDY and I didn't see 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and I probably won't because I can tell it is utter shit. HOSTEL 2 fucking ruled, but fuck that sadistic freak Ruggerio Deodato. What gives him the right to murder innocent animals? That's not art.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST
you can doubt the review because of the connections and personal interviews and stuff, but harry's assessment of the sybmolism and subgenre of horror is dead on. It's about isolation, the vast unknown just outside, and the human turmoil within...it's pure NOTLD, and the premise of so many good twilight zones. It's a pretty much failproof formula, if you want to call it that- because some of us have been there and it's other folk's biggest fears. The Unknown is everyone's biggest fear. This MIST could have been done on a $10 budget throwing socks dipped in jello at the grocery windows, and i'd go see it.Heck, i'm sure someone will even find metaphor to the united states feeling isolated in a new scary uncertain world of terror, and how we are bickering each other to death inside instead of properly fighting or understanding the enemy outside....but i digress. I've put aside $8.50 for this one, spoiled ending and all.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST
ugh...that shit was terrible.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST
Frank, Thanks for coming. Listen: for a DVD bonus feature, here's an idea--would love to see an egg where you can choose different methods to kill M.G.H's character. Seriously. And again thanks for coming. There are times when directors or crew members arrive and they act as if they can't be fussed. As if it's a tedious affair. You and your buddy couldn't have been nicer and more into it. A great night!
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST
that people that come to this site daily criticize and second guess the sincerety of the writers' reviews just because they organized early screenings or did interviews with the forces involved? like Darbont slipped Harry any money to give this a good review?...I'd hope that if payoffs were involved, this clunky site would get streamlined or at least brought into the 21st century a bit. Unless Harry's spending it all on sex and good food...hmmmm
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST
You think people would be a little more appreciative that a director would be as willing as him to let us join in on the ride. I mean he's doing it for us, not for the money. Frank has had the rights to this for 10 years, I think the guy is just excited to get to share this with us. I for one am so excited in a way I haven't been in a long time.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST
Durabont is doing the towers next?
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST
those books get no exposure what so ever
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
I haven't heard anything on it, I was just asking if the story was one of the ones that had the connection to the mythos. Though those would make for some great movies though if they did the series right.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST
I love the Dark Tower, started reading the series in 8th grade, and I never wanted to stop reading it. There is NO possible way this could translate into a film. It's so massive and so many ideas of the book would be lost in the movie. ONce you see Roland on screen that is who you will always see, not the character you believed in your mind. It wouldn't be the same. Let it rest in our hearts so we don't have to see it get torn up as a movie
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST
by El Borak
to the audio version right now. awesome.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST
I remember reading on here a while ago that JJ Abrams was buying the rights to do it.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST
It's great isn't it? What part are you at? Just wait until the pharmacy
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST
by El Borak
like the kid but the effects are pretty good.
Nov. 14, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST
but its so like one of those old radio plays, and that's all part of the fun
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST
Not sure about that at all. DId agree with with about Hostel 2. THE DESCENT was the best horror movie in the past 10 years IMO.
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST
THE DECENT owned my sorry ass. I simply have no idea how many horror films I have seen (in the good old days when stuff was just hitting VHS for the first time it was like two or three a night). THE DECENT was the most scared I have ever been in a theatre. I really wanted to leave. We need more movies like that and fewer re-makes of classic horror that has no business being re-made.
Nov. 14, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST
thanks for anwering my question. I agree with you about the Shining. That's my favorite one too.
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST
I just didn't really like it very much, and horror's my main squeeze so it's not that. I just didn't really believe it and the story between the two main characters seemed rather muddled. The tone, atmosphere, and composition were all good, ahh idk it was ok, just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST
First of all, I paid for my ticket, as did most of the audience, and it weren't cheap cause it included the meal. No one bought my opinion of the movie. I LOVE this movie. Besides all the things Harry said about the movie there is definite tension created with the concept of are the creatures or human nature the most horrible things we are likely to encounter in such a fantastic situation? How do fear, courage, warped faith, no faith and loss of hope bring out the best and worst in people? What happens when one person tries to play God? I'm convinced that the worst thing you will hear about this movie is that the CGI effects are not the best in places, (although I loved the practical effects, but I am a fan of practicals). But it doesn't matter. All of the FX create "real" creatures to the characters in the movie and you believe right along with them. I will be first in line to see this movie next week!
Nov. 14, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST
and fuck the stupid Mist pop-up on this site. Im not watching it just because of that annoying pop-up that doesn't even close when you click the X.
Nov. 14, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST
What was the budget - if we're talking millions, then excuse me, but that ain't low budget!
Nov. 14, 2007, 10 p.m. CST
Harry is right on that account. Word of mouth on this one is going to snowball into a yucky pus-filled boulder that kills the film's success in its tracks. Sorry Harry, but your review sounds far too apologetic for the special effects to make me think otherwise. Had potential, but splat.
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST
by Mr Incredible
Yeah..they are called--THE PIST!
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST
by El Borak
the second issue of the Marvel Comic series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (a project overseen by Stephen King), the short prose story at the end of the book details similar events to those that occur in The Mist. In the story, a beam quake (caused by an attempt to tear down the Dark Tower) splits the Earth, and from within the split rises a thick mist that is inhabited by dark creatures that have escaped from todash space into the real world. Given the manner in which King's various works tend to tie into one another, it is possible that the creatures featured in The Mist are of the same variety as seen in The Gunslinger Born.<br> <br>that audio presentation got really good. i hope people in the store (in the film) get really freaked out and start screaming.<br> <br>"LOOKS LIKE THE COLOR OF BURNT FLESH!!! THEIR ALL OVER THE BUILDING LIKE MAGGOTS ON A PIECE OF MEAT!!! AAAAAAA!!! LOOK AT THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Nov. 15, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST
Those fucking annoying uncloseable ads that pop up over the content on this site on every other page have made me determined not to give those sods any money. I might sneak in tho...
Nov. 15, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST
The one with a young cheeseball Sam Elliot. Slow moving snapping turtle=tension.
Nov. 15, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST
I haven't seen "The Mist", but you allude to the fact that Thomas Janes is working on a painting at the beginning of the movie. My guess is that it as a painting/picture of the bleeding Dark Tower, itself.
Nov. 15, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST
Yeah, that's what they said about Lord Of The Rings. You can make any movie as long as the budget is right and the director has the vision. I think this calls for Brett Ratner. Heh. Just kidding.
Nov. 15, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST
This movie kicked ass.. Its bleak ending will turn off quite a few people, including critics, but I thought it was one of the better horror movie endings I have ever seen.
Nov. 15, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
Also, the old lady in this movie is AWESOME.
Nov. 15, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
That's pretty cool, I have not been able to find any of those Dark Tower comics though, so I'm going to have to wait for the trade on that.
Nov. 15, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST
by Sick Fixx
You can't win an argument with someone named Bill Brasky. I've seen them use this guy's foreskin as a tarp when it rains at Yankee Stadium.
Nov. 15, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST
by El Borak
the trade paperback or whatever comes out later this month for about $25. i gonna have to get that for sure.
Nov. 15, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST
by El Borak
"WHAAAT!!!! AAHHHHHHH!!! GET IT OFF ME!!!! OH GODDD!!!!!!! GGGGGGGGGRRRRR!!!!"
Nov. 15, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST
by 5 by 5
There's a Dark Tower link in this movie? Interesting.... good review Harry.
Nov. 15, 2007, 6 p.m. CST
Does anyone know when theyre making the new christine?? Or if theyll do it?That is one movie that is well done and hard to top for the most part. The story could use a prequel/sequel seeing that they strayed so much from the book in the first movie.. but with a john carpenter score please!
Nov. 15, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
Thanks for the info, definitely going to have to seek that book out.
Nov. 15, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST
...great review. and KLOIPY, i'm 33 and i remember vividly the first time i read a KING novel. your story just refreshed that memory for me, thanks homie. the only thing i would add to your list of prerequisites for listening to the audio cassette is, smoke a fatty.
Nov. 15, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST
At the end of the movie, Roland rides into the store and tells the old woman "You've forgotten the face of your father!" before shooting her dead.
Nov. 16, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST
this stupid ovelay MIST flash ad is completely rendering this web site unsuable for me. It locks up my mac for a couple of seconds for every page<br><br> EVERY PAGE?? WHY DO I NEED TO SEE THE AD EVERY PAGE? AGAIN AND AGAIN? NO -- I WON'T SEE YOUR MOVIE. NO! <br><br> I understand you have a movie, you morron, I don't need to harassed by you ad dozens of times a day for every page refresh of this site. ? <br><br> It's widely known that people hate overlay ads that hide the content. I can't understand that some company would start this now.
Nov. 16, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST
by Dr Hemlock
...for a Stephen King movie! Here's a little project for you: make two lists. One list is all the GOOD Stephen King movies and the other list is all the BAD Stephen King movies. How can all you folks be so optimistic when Steve-O has disappointed you more times than you can count?
Nov. 16, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST
Where's your No Country for Old Men review?
Nov. 16, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST
I'm not going to give anything away here, but if everything I'm hearing is true about the ending that's been tacked on, I may have to skip this one. Hollywood has to tinker with everything and LEAVE NOTHING TO THE IMAGINATION. I always loved the open-ended conclusion to The Mist. Bleak, with a ray of hope. From there, you fill in the blanks for yourself as to how their story ends. Just like Romero's original Dawn of the Dead. Peter and Fran fly off in the helicoptet and are low on fuel, flying off into the sunrise. Great stuff, you figure out how they ended up. Not in The Mist, though. No, Darabont couldn't trust his audience to an ending with the taillights of a truck driving off and fading into the mist. Nope. We need him to tell us how it all ends. Totally ruined by Hollywood. AGAIN.
Nov. 16, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST
by Reel American Hero
..Frank Darabont, in which case they're all good. The Green Mile, Shawshank, and this are way better than any other movie based on a Stephen King movie. Old Stev-O, as you call him isn't the one to blame for the shitty movies, the ones making the shitty movies based on his work are. Oh, only exception to the good SK movie not directed by Darabont is The Shining. It's all about who directs the movies, that's what determines a good or bad adaptation.
Nov. 16, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST
Ads is how the sites are paid, how the internet exists. If you enjoy the internet while blocking ads, you're essentially free-loading, it's not a 'solution'. It works because other people are not blocking ads. Removing ads that annoy is what needs to be done.
Nov. 16, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST
I didn't see anyone mention "The Mangler" based on a King short story and starring Robert Englund. I wouldn't say it's the worst King adaptation, but it's GOTTA be top 5.
Nov. 16, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST
by Dr Hemlock
is The Night Flier starring Miguel Ferrer. It's a low-budget vampire movie but it's pretty good.
Nov. 17, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST
It's just crap. Rather than leaving it open for us to decide if it goes wrong or works out well they spoonfeed us their new "shock" ending which is lameness personified. He's dropped the ball on this by adding where nothing needed to be added.
Nov. 17, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST
Dreamcatcher. Even though the novel is not anywhere near his best work, and it rehashes themes he's beaten to death several times, I still had high hopes for the film, especially when I saw the talent involved in front of and behind the camera: I was so looking forward to seeing Morgan Freeman as a bad guy. But God, it was baaaaaaad, and looked like it had been cut to shreds.
Nov. 17, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST
I think this ending sounds super, I can see why Stephen King loves this new ending, it reminds me of the book endings of "Thinner" or "Pet Semetary"
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST
by Sappers Forward
Reading that was like reading a Stephen King novel. It gets the point across but takes forever to do it. Short, simple, and to the point for Gods sake.
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:52 a.m. CST
by Seth Gecko
Darabont hardly puts a foot wrong with his King Adaptations. Did anyone ever expect anything short of a classic?
Nov. 19, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
by Schih Thayde
"Well THE MIST was always, to me, Stephen King’s remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with a dimensional rift that substituted slightly Lovecraftian things into our world to torment our characters trapped in a singular building cut off from the rest of the world… in which, paranoia, fighting and some really good ideas turn into really shitty situations."
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST
'I'm getting tired of Hollywood trying to convince me that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine.'___ Yeah, THAT would never happen...it's not like we HAVE 'blindly jumped on a war bandwagon' and invaded the wrong country for oil or anything...right?
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST
'this stupid ovelay MIST flash ad is completely rendering this web site unsuable for me. It locks up my mac for a couple of seconds for every page'----Funny, my PC doesn't have that problem...guess Macs suck...(hehehe...;)
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST
'I think this ending sounds super, I can see why Stephen King loves this new ending, it reminds me of the book endings of "Thinner" or "Pet Semetary"'___ Well, it SHOULDN'T. Those endings had a REASON for the 'twist', a sense of justice being served...'Thinner' had Billy eating his own pie and resuffering the curse because it was 'just desserts'...there was a MORAL reason for it, it left you saying 'HaHA! He got what he deserved!'...same for 'Pet Sematary'...Lois Creed tampered 'in Gods domain' and just went crazy...and ended up with what he DESERVERED...how the hell does this crappy new 'ending' for 'The Mist' fit in there? Did Drayton DESERVE that ending? Hell no...it was cheap, manufactured CRAP tacked on to SHOCK the audience...and NOTHING MORE. It was mean, unfair and LAME.
Nov. 20, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST
Where online are they?
Nov. 20, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST
The new ending is a piece of shit. The movie is laughable. Dammit. Thomas Jane was the only thing that went correctly.
Nov. 20, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST
by Bob Dobbs
This movie sucked. Another one to add to the ever-growing list of craptacular King adaptations. And Harry, you prove yet again that you can't write your way out of a wet paper bag.
Nov. 20, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
Thanks, Harry! Good review. I'll be checking this one out.
Nov. 20, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST
www.karcreat.com/TheMist.html ******** My 'MIST' fansite has a BUNCH! K
Nov. 21, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST
I preferred the book ending cause to kind a revealed more about the reader.<br> The new ending is out of character for the protagonist.<br> And just pessimistic.
Nov. 21, 2007, 10 a.m. CST
Is The Mist the most fun kind of horror? The ensemble cast monster movie. Or is this the most punk ass horror film you have ever seen.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM_If7Dj_Z8
Nov. 21, 2007, 11 a.m. CST
I'd love to see that book turned into a movie.
Nov. 21, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST
FUCKING SWEET. The ending, while probably obvious to most, kicked me in my unsuspecting ass. I still feel all weird about it. Loved it.
Nov. 21, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST
I didn't know that the Silent Hill video game series took any cues from The Mist before seeing the movie, but when that siren came on, Silent Hill was the first thing I thought of.
Nov. 21, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST
I don't care how close to the book this film is. (But if it is, King's a hack.) These characters are by the fucking numbers. You got your... <br><br> Big City Artist Dad as the hero. (It figures. It's always gotta be the Big City Artist/Writer as the hero.) <br><br> Redneck as the drunk, dimwitted, "HEY! We don't take kindly to your type around here!", mechanic. (It figures.) <br><br> Angry Black Guy, who is more interesting than Hero White Guy as an actor and should've been given this role instead, despite Hero White Guy giving a strong performance, as well as making me wish he had been cast as Hero White Guy With Claws And Mutton Chops. <br><br> Crazy Religious Nut - I'm not exactly down with my christian upbringing, but I was just a tad put off by Marsha Gay Harden's character. Yes, there are people like that out there, but Darabount should've used another persons faith to balance what, even to me, appeared to be an attack on christianity, regardless if it was in the book or not. And how ironic is it that someone named Gay Harden would be cast in this role. :P <br><br> There's the Hot Check Out Chick (That was the Riddick chick wasn't it? She'd be pretty good as Wonder Woman.) who seems oblivious to the fact that the world may be going to hell, and just wants to flirt with Generic Army Guy in the locker room. A scene that is so forced, it almost screams I IS GONNA DIE A FEW MINUTES LATER. She was fucking hot though, I guess that has to count for sumthin'. The rest of the cast I can live with, it's nice to see some familar faces from previous King adaptions show up. <br><br> I'm hoping this thing was cut, because just having that one dude running towards the supermarket yelling about the mist and then it following him just didn't flow right. There should have been a a few shots showing the mist approaching from overhead, and a quick scene of that guy and the person that he said was "grabbed" stating "What the hell is that?", as is, shit just happens. And not resolving Andre Braugher's fate was lame. By either including him in the bullshit ending, or having Jane stumble over his body in route to his car, almost seems like a given. But nope. <br><br> Then there's the stupid shit like Jane telling everyone he heard a sound. YOU FUCKING SAW THE GAWD DAMNED LOADING DOCK DOOR BULGE AND ALL YOU FUCKING SAY IS "I HEARD SOMETHING"??? <br><br> Bullshit. <br><br> Also it's bullshit they killed off "THE SHERMANATOR" with some lameass cg'd tenacles. I'll let the subpar monster designs slide, but dammit if that wasn't some bad work done on the tenacles. <br><br> Then ya got the bullet issue. QUICK DRAW CAPOTE says there's ten rounds left, I lose count. Then in the pharmacy there's a closeup of his gun, and me not exactly being a firearm specialist, I assumed he ran out. (Or did it jam?) Then out of nowhere he busts two caps in that bitch's ass, and four remain for the ending. (Maybe it did jam.) <br><br> Now, my thoughts on the ending... <br><br> When they ran out of gas, I thought, y'know, this would be a good ending. Just leave them there. Leave it to you imagination, OR possibility for a sequel where we have a modern day Starship Troopers kinda deal going on. But then it went with the mercy kills, and that was awesome. RARELY does something like this ever happen in cinema. Especially involving kids. I'm not down with happy endings, especially if they don't feel like a realistic outcome to the events presented in the film. For example, Mission: Impossible III should've had BOOGIE NIGHTS CAPOTE actually kill Tom's wife, just like, Cruise's son should've died in WotW. But in The Mist, it delivered. I would've done the same thing given the situation. But then, the scene that redeemed the film in my eyes as a recommended flick, drops the ball, and drops it hard. That fucking convoy was bullshit. Not for the fact that he just offed his son and three others, but it felt cheap. Cheaper than that fucking poorly cg'd tenacle. People bitched an moaned over the split second sunset into night scene in X3, well this tops it. All of the sudden, after the deed was done, they just come rolling in. <br><br> Lame. <br><br> Shamalamadingdong wouldn't even pull something like that. <br><br> And as bad as that was, the constant wailing of a song they use for the last five minutes or so, is annoying as all fuck. <br><br> This film sucks on so many levels, but at least Jane turned in a solid performance. And yes, HE should've been casted as Logan. His gruffness seems natural as opposed to Jackman's. (I've yet to see The Punisher, so I may be wrong.) <br><br> "STAY AWAY FROM THE MIST!!!" is right.
Nov. 22, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST
Ignore all the negative reviews from obviously brain damaged individuals. If you like real horror movies, this is for you. Having read the book I had very high expectations. The movie did not fail to deliver, and was better than I had even hoped. A new horror classic.
Nov. 22, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST
There were no monsters immediately around. There was nothing to push the people to do what they did so quickly. It made no sense...the movie was supposed to be about human interaction right...well this part made no sense...especially with a child on board, you'd think there's be a further pursuit of escape.
Nov. 22, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST
Just watched the Mist and was pleased that for the most part was true to the novella. A few things changed, but worked, and the ending was a punch in the balls, and I loved it. Had to be one of the most disturbing endings I have seen in a long time. Most people will hate it, but in the story there wasn't a happy ending, just a guy writing about his experience in hopes of someone finding it, so this ending worked for me, but also kicked me straight in the johnson. Good job Frank, you know how to make a Steven King movie.
Nov. 22, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST
It was a six-shooter, with 12 bullets initially. He ran out of the first six at the pharmacy (and, obviously, didn't have time to reload), used two on the crazy chick, and saved the rest for the end.
Nov. 26, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
As I’ve said before in the TB’s, I’ve loved this story since I was a kid. I’ve been waiting for about 14 years to see this on the big screen. And I got my chance last Wednesday night at 7. And I loved every minute of it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen something that I’ve loved reduced to some useless piece of shit; that after sitting through it just disappointed me and made me sad. Especially for those people who didn’t have any idea of the source material and their only memory of it will be a bad one. I think Frank (once again) knocked this out of the park. It’s has so much that everyone in here constantly talks about. It doesn’t rely on the quick jump cut to scare you (there are maybe 1 or 2 parts like that), but the movie successfully builds the paranoia and tension the whole way through. As for those people who can’t let it go and think it’s about Christian bashing, you need to shut up because you have no idea what you are talking about. The story and the movie aren’t about bashing Christians. It’s about ONE woman who is a fanatic and takes opportunity of the situation because she feels like she is doing God’s will and she uses that fact to her own disturbed purpose of marking herself as a disciple in the religious history books. It plays with the fact that in a paniked situation that normal people grab onto anything that resembles a leadership. Look at the panic after 9/11 and how people were so willing to let the patriot act through, or let us go to war with the wrong country. Most people have no idea how to live without being told to, otherwise we wouldn’t need advertising. So it’s not about Christianity, it is about the fact that most people are only a couple of step above freaking out and doing stupid shit when a situation that they can’t control arises. Anyway back to the movie. I think it was just excellent and truly scary, and it’s been on my mind so much since last Wednesday and I have had years to ponder the story so I feel that says something about what Darabont accomplished. As for the ending; I loved Stephen’s ending in the book, however I loved Darabont’s just as much. I think it was perfect for this story. People are talking about waiting around. For what? I don’t think you would want to wait until the creatures were all over the car trying to get in. They had no way of knowing, and as buff as some of you want to sound, I doubt anyone would actually try to go out into the mist and make a run for it. Jane’s acting in the last moments of the film are going to haunt me for awhile. It was some of the best anguish I’ve ever seen in a movie. Just his screaming and putting the gun in his mouth and trying to shoot himself even when he knows it’s empty. Just a fucking knife to the heart. I’m sure a lot of people might disagree with me, but I really think that this will end up going down as one of the greats in horror. People are saying this is an audience movie and in a way it is (never heard the clapping like I did in this one, followed by the complete silence of the last 10 minutes) but I also think once people get to watch this alone it will put them even more in the mindset of the characters and will be more harrowing than ever. Look at Shawshank, it was nothing in the theater, but now it’s one of the most loved movies of all time. Thanks to Stephen King and Frank Darabont for going against the grain and making a truly horrifying vision come to life.
Nov. 27, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST
the ending was PERFECT and made sense....and i thought was classic KING. what a bunch of whining spineless babies some of u are for not liking the ending..... god forbid a movie dont leave "a ray of hope" at the end to make u feel all warm and fuzzy when u leave the theatre.... are u fucking kidding me ?..... personally i would have felt robbed to see the car drive into the mist and disappear and thats it ... i think it was high drama to see the decision they all came to in that car....they drove and drove and drove and drove and the mist continued, and seemed neverending...they thought the world was over, with that giant 600 or so ft tall tentacled monster roaming the countryside and the spiders and bugs all over id think it was over to....it was a crippling heart wrenching decision to witness, especially when he knew he had only 4 bullets and he was the 5th person...knowing he would have to find another way to kill himself or let the monsters do it...could u imagine contemplating killing your own son or daughter ? it was shocking enuf to see that he did the deed, and doubly shocking when hes there screaming into the mist for the monsters to get him and then the mist clears and we see that the rift was apparently closed and the army was clearing up the monsters...the look on thomas janes face when he realizes what hes done and what could have been if he had just waited a few more minutes ...its horrible, its shocking, its ironic, and THAT my friends is how u end a movie... besides i read that king "loved" this adaption and thought it was the best adaption of any of his books to date.....
Nov. 27, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST
the other smack in the face to our main character besides realizing he just killed 4 people including his son for no apparent reason....was seeing the woman who left the store because her kids were all alone and being absolutely sure she was dead, only to see her on the truck with the other survivors, with her kids no less.
Nov. 28, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST
Doesn't make sense in the context of the movie, it seems like a giant joke at the end.
Nov. 28, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST
There sure as Hell better be an alternate ending on the dvd . This just depressed the living shit outta me. Fantastic movie though , all said n done with some outstanding acting. The creepy thing is though, to add insult to injury , some kid in the theatre had to be rushed out to an ambulance. Lord knows what happened to him ...?
Nov. 28, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST
My friend said that too; that he couldn’t believe the studio let them get away with it. But is it really all that new and shocking and ballsy and fuckme-ing to have it end like that? Look at Pan’s Labyrinth, The Host, 28 Weeks Later just to name a few. I mean, they're just giving you what you sickos want… dead kids. And lots of ‘em. And I wanted to say that I’m with the homeboy who said they wouldn’t have given up so easily. Seriously. Anybody who has a kid (and I doubt many of you do since y’all want them all dead) is like “No way. There’s no way in hell.” “dooptie-doo I’m Thomas Jane, lets just not even bother getting out and seeing how far we can make it on foot. Dooptie-doo let me shoot you in the head. Bang bang bang bang dooptie doo.” If anything, it felt like a rushed ending. Forget that you know the story and who wrote it and it’s like the storyteller just ran out of ideas. Like the landrover just ran out of gas. Ballsy? No. Did it fuck me? No. Did it make me angry? Yeah, but not in the way that makes it cool like Harry and some of you others want to believe. I’m not angry that a kid died and “oh wow you never see that in movies”. But it was made clear early on in the movie and for over two hours straight how much the father loved his son. He’s just gonna shoot him in the face?? You can try to be “ballsy” and push the envelope all you want to but keeping your characters consistently believable in relation to the story will always be a good rule.
Nov. 28, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
I LOVE a dark ending. I want an ending that rips my guts out. That said, the ending to this movie sucks balls. Not because it is too dark, but because it totally betrays the characters motivations as they stood for the entire movie. They were all willing to face death at the hand of whatever was in the mist when they made the break for the car and then "oh, well this is too hard, let's just off ourselves." And if you do buy the total 180 degree character turnaround, then what, Jane couldn't have lined his temple up with the chick's and gotten a two for one on the last bullit?
Nov. 29, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST
It just sucks. Thomas Jane's "acting" in that moment was hilarious instead of heart-wrenching. And yes, the timespan between the descision and course of action was unbelievable.
Dec. 4, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST
by Tarsus Khan
Where to begin? In the final analysis you have to place the blame for this dreadful movie at the feet of the writer/director. The Steven King story has, like all of this authors work even if we can quibble about content, rock solid construction. And, to my ear, Mr. King is a master of dialogue on the page because HE UNDERSTANDS the transition to film or stage for the written word is not realisim but "magic realisim". Every single line in this film landed like a brick. The actors tried. Thomas Jane is well trained has craft and prepares for a roll. But I can't even imagine the direction he could have been receiving on set. I have never seen such an inconsistent character in a heavily promoted film. Marsha Gay Harden is another serious film actor who, having read the script and met with the writer/director, sized him up and decided, "What the hell" "I guess I'll just pull out all the stops and enjoy being around other fun actors because nothing of any use is going to come from behind the camera". And what was with the character of the son? What was the audience supposed to feel for him? Terror? Excitement? If there is a god, let him be eaten next scene? You can't direct children by telling them to cry in different ways. I was lucky to see the film with friends from Pixar and a guy from Tippett Studios over in Berkeley. They were restrained in their comments but said it had to be a lack of money because you actually can't get work in professional CGI with the 1990's material they saw in the movie. One guy said it looked more like a Quake II, (Quake II!!!) mod then professional film work. We all agreed that the shout-out to the antlions in Half-Life 2 was a white-flag from the art department. And the Chuthulu riff was fun in the last scene. The only scene with genuine energy in the entire film. Second unit guy I suspect. Hard to believe this was greenlighted but it was done on the cheap and will recoup its costs and more. Pretty low bar. But at least many dedicated and creative people got work.
Dec. 4, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
"Ode to optimism"??? Did I just write that? Aren't I pretentious? But, anyway...<p> At first, I thought it was just a downer, you know, a thank you to the film students. But it perfectly illustrates a point King has made many times: that the horror story/novel/film is inherently conservative and optimistic. They just didn't give it enough time, which drove the point home better than a happy ending.<p> Also, this ending seemed to almost purposely go along with what was wrong with the David Drayton character in both the book and the film. It always irritated me as reader (and when I caught the flick far later than most of you, last week)that Norm the bag boy is supposed to be an idiot for going outside, from Drayton's point of view. Later, Drayton goes outside. Morton is an idiot for wanting to take off with a group, from Drayton's point of view. Later, Drayton takes off with a group.<p>The ending showed Drayton, having followed Norm's and Morton's mistakes, doing what Mrs. Carmody and her people wanted to do.<p>For me, this ending seemed to be conscious of what King didn't seem conscious of(or maybe he was because when he's good, he's great...and he's smart):anybody who disagrees with Drayton is either evil or an idiot, yet Drayton later does what they did and it works for him because...he's the hero. That's the sole reason, which is fine if it really was a 50s B movie, but we know better and so does Mr. King.<p>I loved the book (as much as I hate the term "novella")but it suffered from what I call the Boromir complex. In LORD O' THE RINGS, Boromir existed to wrong so the other characters could always be right. C'mon, I'll buy elves and flying monkeys, but even the biggest idiot jerk is right sometimes. Not ol' Boromir. And not anybody in THE MIST who disagrees with Drayton.<p>Darabont's ending fixed all that for me. And I loved the Lovecraft monster at the end.<p>Frank, if you're reading (and I know yer not), puleeeeeze do CALL O' CTHULHU or SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH or THE DUNWICH HORROR!
Dec. 4, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
Another example of the Boromir Syndrome. Character exists simply to be wrong so the hero can always be right.
Dec. 8, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST
THIS was a true horror film. "The Decent" was a bunch of badly-written characters (all of whom I despised and wished were dead, anyway) screaming in a cave for 90 minutes while Batboy from The Weekly World News chased them, along with his extended family. The Decent was LAME and sucked. <p> The Mist, on the other hand, was a horror flick that kept you guessing. I love King, but this is actually a story I never read. For me, The Mist was a fun ride that DID have legitimate scares, and it wasn't so much the monsters as the people (especially the fundie bitch) that were frightening. <p> I think most of the people who hate The Mist are Christians who were offended by the portrayal of a fundamentalist asshole as the most dangerous, insane, frightening creature brought on by the mist. Don't let them dictate to you what it good and what isn't-- Because they're assholes, and those kind of people really deserved the lambasting this film gave them. <p> For perspective, I also like Haute Tension (High Tension) quite a bit, and I LOATHE crap like "The Ring" and "The Grudge" because cat boys, wet girls and creaking women ARE NOT SCARY. They're laughable. I hated SCREAM a lot, because it was paint-by-numbers horror that was WAY below what Wes Craven can do. I tend to dislike slasher flicks unless they're originals, or well-thought-out. Rob Zombie's stuff has balls, and I dig it. The original Halloween is also pretty awesome, as are the original Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, and Nightmare on Elm Street. Sequels were mostly garbage. <p> THEY LIVE is a classic, as is Carpenter's "The Thing" and Ridley Scott's "Alien" (which I personally liked a lot better than "Aliens") -- In the torture porn genre there's only one contender, and that's SAW. The whole series has been decent, and it stays pretty fresh considering they keep going to the well. "Candyman" is a classic, and I even though I don't consider them scary, the Hammer films were awesome. <p> With that sort of taste, you can judge for yourself. I loved "The Mist" and would recommend it to any horror fan. It's how horror should be done.
Dec. 8, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST
Some of you are approaching this as if you think the characters should have been ready and willing to trot through the mist until some unknown, big-toothed thing ripped them apart or burned them with acid or who-knows-what, because that would somehow be preferable to taking a bullet in the head. To those of you who think this, I can tell you've never been in a truly dead-end, exhausting, nerve-wracking, terrifying situation. <p> The characters had watched hell unleash for longer than they could handle. They had watched friends and neighbors getting slaughtered in front of them. They watched their fellow humans turn into psychotic cultists with just a little goading from a madwoman. They were tired. They were terrified. They were facing what they thought was a hopeless situation without end. Didn't you catch that they had actually driven OUT OF STATE and the mist and monsters were STILL THERE? They sincerely thought that there were no more people left, and that their choice was a horrible, agonizing, possibly slow death at the jaws/claws of some otherworldly beast, or a quick, merciful respite from the terror they felt. The guy had seen his wife's corpse just recently. His kid was catatonic and unable to fend for himself. The two in the back of the truck were old and tired. The teacher was just out of energy to fight. <p> Think about it-- What if he didn't shoot his kid? He and the kid step out of the truck, and then BOOM, some beastie shoots acid in his kid's face and the poor sonofabitch has to watch his son writhe in agony, scream, and die slowly as his face melts off? Or how about he gets dragged off-- not killed-- and impregnated with those spider-things? Remember the MP at the pharmacy? Would you want THAT for your kid? Alive, in agony, with those THINGS inside of him? <p> Better to die quickly than to suffer for days... And when you're out of your mind with fear and exhaustion, such decisions are pretty easy to come to. <p> I've been in insufferable pain before, laying in a hospital bed, BEGGING them to kill me and end my agony. I'm glad they didn't, of course, but when you're at that point where you feel like nothing will ever be good again, and where your whole world is pain and torment, a merciful death can seem like a gift on the horizon. <p> And that none of you have ever been so psychologically devastated by loss that you didn't feel like dying-- That's strange and sort of inhuman, unless you're inexperienced kids or shut-ins. When the woman I loved died in front of me, I was destroyed. If I'd had a gun in my hand that day, or perhaps even that week, I would probably have sent a bullet into my brain to end the emotional pain. Again, I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I had neither the opportunity or the failure of will required to actively seek my own end, but I can also relate to what those characters were feeling. <p> That's why The Mist is good horror-- because the monsters are merely a catalyst. The Mist is not a "man against nature" tale, or even "man against man"-- It's "Man against Himself" elements that make it truly frightening. <p> But hey-- You big, macho studs would have just walked out in that mist and karate chopped the next carnivorous extradimensional monster that came along, and you would have shrugged it off if one of them bit your son in half, right? <p> Liars. You'd have wet your pants when the engine died, and probably would have tried to convince the woman that she had more to live for than you, so you could have that last bullet.
Dec. 9, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
I really liked this movie and I have to agree that the SFX could have been better, but it was good enough. The story was awesome and the crazy chick in the store was dead on because she made me want to kill her if I was actually in that store with her. The ending? Well, I though the ending was perfect because it made my girlfriend gasp, which means that it was effective and surprising. The movie was a great time to spend 2 hrs away from home and it was worth it.
Dec. 10, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST
is f'ing awful, especially if you've ever read the story.
Dec. 13, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST
still laughing at people that reveal how lame they are by comparing movie special effects to videogame special effects and apparently feel proud to do so....gotta get out a little more dude...find the female pursuasion and grab some analog sticks at the top of a girls tits , im sure u will find more fun pushing a hot sexy girls buttons than ur xbox 360...get to it !!! ZEROCORPSE is actually right , wow... the ending rocked...totally unexpected, not a copout that having them drive into the mist and dissapear would have been....
Dec. 15, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST
I know I'm late as shit on this one, but did nobody else go absolutely bonkers in the theater when they flipped the best cut on Baraka for the ending music? I got teary eyed, dude. It was magical. That music, coupled with that giant monster lumbering across the street, that was one of those PURE cinematic bliss moments, where you are almost shaking your head in disbelief as to how perfect they got it. The Mist is incredible, amazing, enchanting.
Dec. 15, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST
It looks like I need more practice with my computer machine.
Jan. 3, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST
I just looked on IMDB for a UK release date, but the UK is not listed. I have spent an hour Google searching for a release date, but came up with nothing. Will The Mist be released in the UK, and if so - when?